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17 Feb 2009                              To reply to this email click here

Editorial, Feb 17 '09

Well, folks, weather-wise it's been a week to remember, with Victoria, indeed all Australia reeling from the bushfire tragedy while in the far north the opposite is the case as torrential rain buckets down.

We take a look at a nasty low off the east coast, too, and warn skippers (and crew) to be wary of conditions along the entire eastern seaboard, particularly if crossing bars or boating near river mouths is likely. Having been out on the sea wall at the mouth of the Macleay River in driving rain and solid winds today, we will be posting more images shortly.

Breaking Bar in Australian East Coast low ©

Inclement weather was on hand for the fifth and sixth rounds of the ski racing at Wiseman's Ferry as the sport's best fight to win places in the Australian team for the worlds in Belgium.

Former World champ Wayne Mawer handled the conditions like the veteran he is to post two wins; all the results are here.

Also on the home front, Australia's offshore racing crews are putting the final touches to their boats in readiness for the third and fourth rounds of the Offshore Superboat Championships set for Williamstown and Geelong.

Unfortunately, Bill Barry-Cotter, owner of the Maritimo team and winner of seven Class I, titles will not fulfil his wish to return to the race circuit

We can only hope the Australians meet with better weather than their Kiwi counterparts; across the ditch, the Rayglass NZ Powerboat championships were postponed due to heavy seas and generally poor conditions.

Finally, a word of warning to all skippers; NSW Maritime will be conducting audits state-wide over the next few days, targeting safety equipment, life jackets and ensuring those intending to make a bar crossing know what they're doing.

Boating safety officers are also on the lookout for excessive wash; if you've ever been aboard a small boat when a big cruiser blasts past at wide open throttle you'll hope they come down hard on the inconsiderate skippers.

Plenty to read, plenty to talk about and as usual it's all here on

We update the site regularly, so don't sit around waiting for next week's issue, drop by on a regular basis and keep your finger on the pulse of powerboat matters.

Bob Wonders

Aerosols – their part in our rainfall
Aerosols may have a greater impact on patterns of Australian rainfall and future climate change than previously thought. Aerosols are fine particles suspended in the atmosphere. Sources of human-generated aerosols include industry, motor vehicles and vegetation burning. Human-generated aerosols have long been known to exert a cooling effect on climate.... [more]

Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show - coming soon
Event Media,
The Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show is once again being held on the 6th and 7th of June, over the Queen's birthday long weekend. Already event organisers are promising this year's show will be the most exciting yet with the latest products, big names in the marine industry, lots of interesting on-water and hard stand exhibits and entertainment for the whole family.... [more]

NSW Maritime's Operation Don't Make Waves
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime boating safety officers will be out in force on the state's waterways on the weekend of 21-22 February ensuring boaters are not creating excess wash. Manager of recreational boating Brett Moore said the aim of the Don't Make Waves campaign is to ensure the boating public understood the issue of wash and how to minimise its impact on other boaters and the environment.... [more]

Weather – take care - your the skipper, your responsible
Bob Wonders,
Boaters warned of tough conditions off Australia's east coast. Beaches have been closed at popular surfing spots, bars have become treacherous, rivers are swollen and despite what may look like boating conditions to those ashore, good advice would be to stay ashore.... [more]

Wayne Mawer claims double at Wiseman's Ferry
Bob Wonders,
Top ski racers vying for a spot on the Austraian team for Belgium. Skiing behind the Force 21 ‘Tru Blu', Mark Cranny at the wheel, Damien Matthews observing, Mawer simply handled the rain, wind and choppy conditions better than his rivals.... [more]

Maritimo Offshore team back to two boats
Bob Wonders,
Bill Barry-Cotter's plans to return to racing come unstuck. Barry-Cotter was originally planning to make a return to the race circuit at the wheel of one of his new lightweight catamarans powered by the naturally-aspirated V8 engines which recently won UIM approval.... [more]

Beat Poverty - Save Fish!
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
An international team of researchers has proposed a revolutionary strategy for ending the plunder of the world's coral reefs and destruction of their fish stocks – beating poverty.... [more]

High Modulus celebrates 30 years of composites excellence
Sian Raynor,
From making sailboards in an old farm building to supplying leading composite technology solutions to projects around the world, High Modulus has come a long way in the last three decades. In 2009, the company celebrates its 30th birthday and cements the foundations for the future.... [more]

Ski racers support bushfire victims
Bob Wonders,
Competitors vow to help after Southern 80 cancelled. Well-known ski racing veteran Greg Houston, owner/driver of ‘Stinga', led the way when he pledged $1000 to the bushfire appeal.... [more]

Mustang Marine further expands in Asia
Media Services,
Mustang Marine, Australia'n manufacturer of Sports Flybridge, Sports Cruisers and the all new Sports Coupé, is excited to announce Master Yachts as their new dealer in Hong Kong.... [more]

Sales success for Riviera at Melbourne Boat Show
Denby Browning,
Australia's leading luxury boat builder, Riviera, has reported a healthy start to the Boat Show season following the Melbourne International Boating and Lifestyle Show during the weekend.... [more]

The Great Barrier Reef stars in Google Earth's Ocean
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Australia's Great Barrier Reef, its wonders and its battle for survival, are a star attraction of the world's latest internet sensation, Ocean in Google Earth... [more]

Class 1 World Powerboat Championship 2008
The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating spectacle....
For more details and news for this event, go to:

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